Scrapbook One Hundred Ninety…




A recent conversation with a friend about Eric Sloane prompted me to go through his papers in my file cabinet. The first item I found was the following story that I wrote many years ago, and never published. I remember with great fondness that interesting event with my friend Eric.

Today I look around at me,
And rue so many things I see.
Maybe it will help if we
Recall the way they used to be.


The Sheet Episode

One winter morning about 1980, while gathering some sun near the pond behind my gallery, I told Eric a funny Taos story about an Indian who had been invited to dinner at the home of Louise and Joseph Henry Sharp. During the meal, the host and his wife retreated briefly to the kitchen. When they returned they found that their guest had departed along with Louise’s prized white linen table cloth that had adorned the table. The dishes were askew and Louise was aghast. The next day Sharp witnessed the Indian walking near the plaza wearing his new wrap-around table cloth.

My story reminded Eric that in 1925, when he visited Taos Pueblo, most of the Indian men wore white sheets as an outer garment. He recalled that many years earlier, some of the men wore nothing at all in the summer time, except maybe an eagle feather hair decoration.

During the Army presence at the pueblo after the revolt of 1847, some of the wives complained that the feathers didn’t cover up enough. Kit Carson took the matter up with the Governor of the Pueblo, and after some deliberation, the Indians agreed to wear clothing, but only if the Army supplied the garments.

A simple solution was effected with the issue of regulation army sheets for the Indians to wear, thus starting a long and colorful tradition at Taos Pueblo. Everyone was happy, especially the female tourists.

Standing Deer by Joseph Sharp – Forrest Fenn collection

Unfortunately, over time the Army disappeared from Taos Pueblo, and so did the white sheets.

So, Eric and I decided to re-supply sheets to the Indians, expecting them to be thrilled, and we could wallow in the realization that an interesting episode in Taos Pueblo history had been rekindled. The next day, with a gross of J.C. Penny sheets in my car, we struck for Taos where we spoke with the Governor of the pueblo. After telling him the Kit Carson story, we suggested that he take our gifts and issue them to what we were sure would be a delighted group of natives.

We departed the pueblo with the gratification that belongs only to those who have made great cultural contributions on a magnificent scale. Our friends held us in thrall until the next day when a friend of Eric’s in Taos phoned him to report that the governor and two of his friends were successful in wholesaling large quantities of sheets on the plaza.

Eric and I had a good laugh at our own expense but were somewhat pleased to know that at least we had added, in some small way, to the economic growth of the pueblo. f










116 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Ninety…

    • I especially liked Eric’s account when he arrived there for the first time. Reminded me a lot of your description of the hurry space. Plus this has the same fun as the hoola hoop dance that Eric taught them(going from memory).

      • Sorry, hidey not hurry. I should be asleep but my 1 year old keep smiling at me with a mischievous grin.

    • missed that but just drove around that town loved it there so did Mom and Ranee

  1. Stories about Kit Carson supplying sheets and blankets to the Pueblos were not often so positively told.
    But, I guess that Eric Sloan did not know those stories and had more positive intentions. Glad he could help the economy.

    • Kit Carson provided more sheets to Native Americans to bury their dead in than for the living to wear as garments. Carson led the US Army’s scorched earth policy to burn Navajo crops and starve them into submission. One third of them lost their lives.

      Peach of a guy, that Kit.

  2. This is hilarious. I would pay at least 2 nickels for a picture of the faces on those two rascals as they made the ‘drop’. I really hope they each wore a feather for the festivities as well. Priceless.

  3. My recollections as a child growing up in Taos are of the Taos Pueblo Native Americans donned with blue blankets. They were typically dark blue and baby blue. The council members dressed a little differently to be identifiable as counsel. I hope if ever I saw f in Taos that I waved for him to have waved back. As I also recall, the Native Pueblo people could be seen sitting next to a wall near the post office not far from the Pueblo entrance. For those of you who do not know, the Pueblo is located toward the back of the Town of Taos.
    Do you know anything about those blue blankets, f?

  4. Nice story, Forrest. You and Eric added to the economic growth of the Taos Pueblo, and your friend who you had the recent conversation with about Eric Sloane added very nicely to the economic growth of a couple galleries in Santa Fe. I believe she bought more than a couple Eric Sloane paintings while in town for the JDiggins raffle drawing. Everyone was a winner… and even though I won nothing tangible, I believe I’ve made a new friend who cherishes your stories about Eric as much as I have over the last eight years. Great scrapbook… please write more!

        • Yea Probley her and did that Allen Polt draw that gypsy drawing to bad he couldn’t sign it for her don’t seem like it would be worth nothing with no signature

          • Allen, Yep, but Ramblin Pam didn’t spend hours talking to FF about Eric Sloane, or did she? Not that I’m aware of. And Nelika collects Eric Sloane paintings, drawings, posters, etc. She was a large presence at the JDiggins raffle events, and I had the pleasure of hanging out with her for a couple days talking Sloane art. My collection is minuscule compared to hers… heck, mine is less than minuscule compared to hers. But that doesn’t mean I like Eric less, and it was a joy for me to get to talk to someone else who knows a lot about him.

          • You’re probably right. Thanks from clearing that up!

            I just purchased a 1981 Collectors Editon videodisc + illustrated book called “Profiles in American Art”. The disc and book are both signed and numbered by Sloane (mine is #25/100)

            I paid $70 and it’s my only Sloane piece. But I love it!

          • Allen, That is awesome. I started collecting his books from used bookstores. I only have 11 so far and I think he wrote about 50. Anyway, congrats… and welcome to the “Thanks- Forrest- for-introducing-us-to-Eric-Sloane” club.

  5. A beautiful story Forrest. You and Eric I think are one of the few people on this blue-green desert of ours that have a Natural concern for the well being of our Native Puebloans ..

    B ..

  6. We’ve missed your scrapbooks glad ya got your fingers moving in the right direction again You should of through one red sheet in the mix made them all really confused like who gets the red one lol

    • The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
      Moves on: nor all thy piety nor Wit
      Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

      -Omar Khayyam

  7. I bought a tee shirt from a Passamaquoddy couple the other day. They looked big so I asked how they were running and she said large, so I held up the small and said do you think this would fit? I lost some weight recently and she threw up her hands and said Yay! And I said yay and we all laughed. I told her I was a fan of Tepit, who did the artwork and she said, “he was such a nice man-“

  8. Standing Deer is very handsome in his golden yellow outer garment. Which brings me to J C. Penney and the Golden Rule…the pride and claim to fame of Kemmerer, WY. I might put that on a yellow sticky note somewhere.

    • Lugnutz: does seem to be a slight surplus of W’s. W … lower case omega … 3 (lower case omega turned on it side) … 23. A repeating symbol theme/pattern/meme. But what to make of it? Same goes for L — 12 — Roman 50. Theories abound…

  9. Loved the story Forrest, thank you! A couple of Fennborrees ago, my sis and I went to the Taos Pueblo and had a tour and some kind of awesome bread/cookie that they make and I remember how beautiful it was by the creek that runs through it wear they get their water. It would be lovely to live by that creek to see it every day. Thanks for spurring the memory for me.

  10. Your friends held you “in thrall” until the next day. What are you saying, Fenn, that you and Eric were being held as slaves?

  11. I’d love to know what Standing Deer was thinking in the painting. A little worse for the wear in the white mans world of new rules it seems. Talk about Brave.

  12. Today I look around at me,
    And rue so many things I see.
    Maybe it will help if we
    Recall the way they used to be.

    Very deep and profound meaning of what we have seen and experienced in life.
    There comes a time when we would like to turn it back.
    Time doesn’t care what we want.
    But we want more time to only recall.

  13. Are we sure this SB isn’t a subtle, Snopes-like history lesson for us from Fenn regarding Ft. Clark, the Army, and alleged (but discredited) smallpox blankets in the 1830s?

      • If there’s a hint, maybe it’s to remind us of the importance of his friendship with Eric Sloane and the chapter in TTOTC that talks about him.

        • Did I miss something? I think Eric Sloan was only mentioned in the Imp Lit chapter, where FF noted his (Sloane’s) not dating his letters and paintings, and admiring his (Sloane’s) little lie of misstateing his birthdate in Who’s Who. Right after FF admitted his little lie of dying his hair. This is the place in TTOTC where FF gives us a sample of the 15% of non-fiction writing that is fiction.

      • Zap –


        A story is just a story and does not give clues to the TC location. And the things we see that seem like hints based on our pre-conceived idea of where the treasure is located are mere coincidence.

        I’m glad we agee

      • Lug: as near as I can tell, almost every Scrapbook — including this one — has subtle hints. For instance, my keyword (IMO Forrest’s) is secreted in this one. (No, don’t bother looking for it — you’ll never find it.) When you eventually discovery the keyword, you can go back and look at this Scrapbook and you’ll spot it easily.

        • Zap –

          I don’t see how I would ever determine the same keyword you determined. I do not implement the seemingly spurious means you did in order to find it (create it).


        • Zap,
          You seem to be saying the key word idea for the poem is embedded in this SB… do I have that correct?
          Yet lugz or anyone else who has no idea of what the poem’s key word is, will never find it in this SB-?- is that correct [imo]?

          It begs the question, if so, and with all the folks who talk, email or mentioned their word that is key for the poem [approx. 100 a day email received]…that could have mentioned this words, isn’t that a bit of a confirmation for those who ‘have’ that word in their thoughts and solves, that they mentioned to fenn is some form and ‘only’ for the ones who have it, supposedly?

          • Hi Seeker: “You seem to be saying the key word idea for the poem is embedded in this SB… do I have that correct?” You do.

            “Yet lugz or anyone else who has no idea of what the poem’s key word is, will never find it in this SB-?- is that correct [imo]?” Yes, that is my considered opinion. The hint method is not a reliable means of delivering an unambiguous key.

            As for supplying “private” confirmation to those who have shared their solutions with Forrest, I don’t think it’s helpful to them. I certainly don’t need to see the word over and over again — there is enough confirmation in the poem alone. Everyone has the same opportunity because any hints Forrest is handing out are there for all to see. You solve it using the poem, and the confirmation “winks” are there waiting for you. At least that’s my interpretation of what I think Forrest is doing. I obviously have no way of knowing his motivations if he is in fact doing this.

          • Zap,
            I’m not placing an argument for what anyone thinks the words is. I just find it strange that you can say; ‘As for supplying “private” confirmation to those who have shared their solutions with Forrest, I don’t think it’s helpful to them.’

            If you keep seeing the word in some form or another, and you, as a searcher confided that word to fenn as the word you use in your solve… how can it not be considered confirmation, as you say; you can see it but others wouldn’t without knowing it.

            I mean is for example [ even a poor example ] Should “AS I” in the poem refers to ISA Lake as the first clue reference… and fenn uses ‘As i’ in many, almost all SB’s.. that would not be considered “leading” -?- those who have ‘mentioned’ it?

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this his going on… you seem to imply you can see your word in this SB while other who don’t have that word, can’t… that alone would raise the question of illegitimacy of the idea; not to aid a searcher… since ‘only those’ who are using that word would know of it to being with.

            Also don’t get me wrong, it is quite possible that somewhere down the line.. over an eight year span..that word.. has been used, BUT, in general context only to what is being told in a story.

            Isn’t it more than likely, that is what you see… and you personally see it because it’s your word for your solve?
            I’m only chatting about this because of the way you presented it; ~ ‘For instance, my keyword (IMO Forrest’s) is secreted in this one. (No, don’t bother looking for it — you’ll never find it.)’

            ~ “keyword” [regardless of “MY”] You added (imo Forrest’) to mean in the poem.
            ~ “secreted” in this [SB]
            ~ don’t bother looking – you’ll never find it… {unassumingly because it’s a “hint” for those who have this word only, and if you don’t have it, it won’t help anyways.} LOL that sounds like a confirmation to me.
            *It gives the impression [your post], a deliberate act on fenn’s part… and ‘only’ for those who have that word correct.

          • Seeker-

            He uses logic but cannot hear what we are saying.

            If a keyword is being continually referenced in the ATF one must doubt the validity of the word.

          • Zap –

            An I can understand if you choose not to answer. Does you keyword repeat the same letter twice?

          • Zap;

            For what it is worth – and that is probably nothing – I have NEVER seen my word that is key in ANY SB or other ATF statement by Forrest – But what do I know? – Again, probably NADA – JMO – JDA

          • Seeker: we’ve reached an impasse because I’m not yet ready to tell you what I believe to be the keyword/word-that-is-key, and without that, the playing field is not level and we probably can’t have a constructive debate.

            “If you keep seeing the word in some form or another, and you, as a searcher confided that word to Fenn as the word you use in your solve… how can it not be considered confirmation, as you say; you can see it but others wouldn’t without knowing it.”

            Let me turn it around. Say I’ve already got 50 pieces of confirmation — prior to ever contacting Forrest. How is anything he subsequently posts publicly in any way helpful to me? If he already knows that I’m 100% confident, repeating it a 51st time isn’t going to assist me. Yes, I told him my keyword years ago. I didn’t ask him if it was correct (obviously he wouldn’t respond to such a question); I presented it as a fact that I took for granted.

            “Isn’t it more than likely, that is what you see… and you personally see it because it’s your word for your solve?”

            If the word was something like “ISA” or “LAKE” or “TETON,” we wouldn’t be having this little chat. Statistics being what they are, it’s easy to manufacture false words of short length.

          • All this talk about this mysterious *word* that some believe they know cannot overshadow the fact that it has not produced the winning solve. It will be interesting to see who knows what when the chest is retrieved some day….

          • Lugnutz: words with repeated letters are common in English — particularly as the words get longer. Take that last sentence for instance: Lugnutz, repeated, letters, common, and particularly. That’s 1 out of 3.

          • Hi Ken: the searchers who solved the first clue have the keyword (IMO, otherwise they wouldn’t have been there). People had 2 clues solved over 5 years ago, so yes: apparently figuring out the keyword does not equate to cashing the golden ticket because the keyword doesn’t give you the answer to the 3rd clue.

          • Zap…The fact that folks figured out the first two clues and/or were close to the treasure over 5 years ago predates the whole *word that is key* shenanigans. I believe that those folks took a basic understanding of what they thought the first clue to be and married that to a location on a map…and went there. Simple as that. And, other folks have done the same thing to no avail. The dilemma seems to be that elusive third clue. You are certainly entitled to believe what you want.

          • Ken: I would just consider that even though Forrest in 2013 hadn’t mentioned the existence of an important word for deciphering the poem, that doesn’t mean that identifying such a word isn’t crucial. Maybe early on he didn’t want to give that as a clue.

            “I believe that those folks took a basic understanding of what they thought the first clue to be and married that to a location on a map…and went there.”

            There’s nothing basic about it, IMO. It’s rather specific, they found it unprompted on their own, and the evidence that they did so is that they went somewhere that almost no searcher would bother to go without it.

            “The dilemma seems to be that elusive third clue.”

            Quite. And like the anesthesiologist riddle from a couple days ago, most people will never figure it out. If Fenn’s puzzle was easy, anyone could do it, and it would have been over in 2011. But most people don’t think the right thoughts.

            FULL LUGNUTZ DISCLOSURE: all my opinion. Your mileage will vary.

          • Ken,
            You are absolutely right.
            How could anyone know or look for a “word that is key” before the statement by Fenn?

            Predate tells me those that stuff there solve without knowing when he said what and when, do not know what time line and are doomed in the time block.

        • I think FF said “a word that is key” instead of “a keyword” for a reason.

          He uses words with dual meanings, relies on them. (Nothing is simple or straight forward.)

          The ‘word that is key ‘ may unlock the poem, but may probably have a kee sound as well.

          Some examples (not hits or clues) … Albaqurque, Washakie, Kiowa,, Cherokee, Rocky.

          • OS2,
            I think so as well… dual meanings.

            A keyword sound like a word that is needed for decoding, idea.
            A word that is key sound more like, a word of importance for understanding something.

            For example of duel meanings or usage;
            Warm as in a temperature vs. a warm color… for “interpretation purpose”
            LOL for those who enjoy YSP as a location.. it works with color and or tempt. All depends on how one sees it.

            IF I was to attempt to align this SB in any way to warm; for example; Eric’s work as an artist might be a good thought. No need for secret hidden hints or clues… just something ‘very subtle’… a story of a friend [ an artist ] who has worked with warm colors. Yellow for example. {with the mentioning of “white” which is not technically a color.}
            Tea with Olga could be usable as well, in this line of thinking, for ‘very subtle’ hints not deliberately placed to assist.
            Yellow [tea] warm color
            Green [tea] cooler color
            Black [tea] not a color at all. {white}.
            Which ‘warm’ works for you…
            How about a single page chapter title; In love with YS, yet basically talks about the trip to it, rather than ‘Yellow’stone itself.

            Personal note; Prior to the challenge I never heard of Eric Sloane, his work, or the way fenn portraits his friend and his personality… So I find myself in a weird place… I kinda miss a man I never met or knew of, and wish I had that opportunity that is no longer available.

          • OS2: “I think FF said “a word that is key” instead of “a keyword” for a reason.”

            Yes, I agree. Both are accurate. One is doubly so.

          • Zap…. doubly accurate? What does that mean?
            We agree the word ‘key’ has a dual meaning, to unlock and something else… ff is word-playing with us. After you have an awareness of the game, play it, develop it, show us your game.

          • OS2, I don’t mean to speak in riddles (even though that is exactly what Forrest does). I’ll be more specific: keyword is accurate; word that is key is more awkward, but it more clearly describes a secondary feature of that word. I’ll give a bad example: suppose the keyword was “Largo.” Can you see how a “word that is key” would be more clever?

          • I’d rather just keep it simple.
            “a word ‘THAT’ is key”. Or,
            “a word that is ‘KEY'”. Since “KEY” is not in the poem, “THAT” is what he is talking about. If you have not considered 113, then you have no key.
            Early on we had no information of this, if it is so important as to unlock the poem, wouldn’t we have known back in 2010-2011? It’s a hint, nothing more nothing less. Something that would unlock the entire poem would be a clue, a huge one.
            OS2, line 9, read from right to left, 5 letters.
            And yes, he said “a word that is key” instead of a keyword for a reason. The word “that.

          • Charlie… how is the word ‘that’ a key word? How does the word ‘that’ unlock anything, That what?
            & why 5 letters backwards on line 9 (Kee me?) when you have ‘Kee P’ on line 3? So what? An idea has to go beyond just finding like-sounds. It has to have meaning, it has to develop or uncover a line of thought or action. Association alone is not enough… find a lead and follow it down river. Or up, but move it along. OS2.

          • OS2, that’s the thing, the word “that” is just a hint that proves the key. The key to this whole thing, Forrest Fenn.
            The key , or the 9th clue with the key equaling 113′. The word “that” is the 113th word. It’s the shadow plus a little extra. Indiana Jones in the map room. Kee me is Forrest Fenn. It goes with the 9th clue. On his birthdate, August 22. I should have explained more specifically, just figured you could at least see the correlation. Why would kee p matter in line 3? At least “9” has something to do with the chase. Unless there are just 3 clues..?
            From his statement, only two words can make it true. The word “key” or the word “that”. “Key” is not in the poem, so you are left with the word “that”, unless you enjoy reading his comment incorrectly, then guess at whatever. A word THAT is key. And, it’s also the longitude degree, since the poem gives the latitude, the longitude degree may be key…
            Or you can believe there is some magic word that opens up the poem, which early chasers did not know about.
            And who said it unlocks anything?
            All f did was make a comment that had a small hint in it and away everyone went with it. It’s a hint that supports what you would already know. Lol, a word that unlocks the poem, lol, come on. I’m with Lugnutz on this one. It’s almost comical to hear searchers ideas on this “pixie dust” of a word…

          • Good Morning Charlie;

            Well, as usual, we disagree.

            You said: “Or you can believe there is some magic word that opens up the poem, which early chasers did not know about.
            And who said it unlocks anything?”

            Yes, I DO believe that there is a magic word that opens up the poem. Once this word is found, it is easier to see “The BIG picture” – Easier to see the “WHY” of the poem.

            Can the riddles of the poem be solved without this word? Probably, but it sure helped me – BEFORE I had solved the last clue.

            You ask:: “And who said it unlocks anything?”
            What else is a key used for? – To unlock things –
            Darn – wish I had thought of that 🙂 JMO – JDA

          • There are two people on this blog who seem to really like to pile up on Zap. Being angry about not finding the treasure is no excuse. I don’t think he should feel compelled to help you at all.

          • Charlie, thanks for your reply… though it didn’t do much good for me. I have pretty much ignored all the alpha-numeric complexities since I can’t imagine ff composing the poem in that manner, I can imagine ff might have done so in some SB’s since it became a serious topic among some searchers and he would enjoy teasing them at their own game. I think he relies solely on his verbal skills in the poem. The only hidden numbers I’ve ever seen in the poem might be the 111.3 in the first line… which is the longitude line between MT & WY. I never saw much sense to numerology. Deliberate codes for spys and such are different & valuable tool. But I think that may fall in the field of special knowledge. Riddles are a different animal and very possible, IMO. Good luck. I enjoy reading your comments.

          • Charlie, Ive been thinking a little more about your word “that” as the key word…. and JDA’s comment about what else does a key do but un-lock something. (Or lock it) And then I thought about a locking key word, not an unlocking one … like a key stone does at the top of a stone archway. The two sides of the arch wouldn’t hold up without the key stone… and in that sense, perhaps your choice word “that’ is actually a key word in that it links two parts of the poem. A door closes, but a window opens…. hmmm. OS2.

          • There’s way more than 2 people here that think Zap is a sidewinder Linda.

            I don’t see him with the chest and you don’t have it either.

            Zap or you cannot help anyone when he or u has not confirmed anything but there own theory is chestless.
            Chest is the best, frick the rest.

        • Zap,
          I’m happy to hear your keyword is in this SB, now I know we are not on the same page. Thanks for making my day. Because if your word is found in this post, IMO, You’re lost!

          • Birdie: it’s not a word in this Scrapbook. I said it was “secreted” in the Scrapbook. And if you can’t find YOUR keyword hidden here, then I’d say the tables are turned.

          • BB –

            Don’t forget that Zap thinks there are clues in the images.

            Even when Fenn credits other artists.

            When Fenn says he doesn’t know how to use Photoshop Zap believes clues are Photoshopped in.

          • Hay lug on page 100of TFTW there at least one if not two secreted images in the lower left of the drawing. That’s just an example. There are many more in other drawings as well. Will they help find the treasure? Probably, cant say for sure.

          • Zap –

            I’m just telling BB what you’re referring to. I am not passing judgement.

            If you, at any time, want to do either of the two things below it would move the probability:

            1. Show how an image used by F looked different before it was photo shopped.

            2. Explain Allen Polt’s direct comments ATF. Admit that HE would then know what the clues are, that he is the singular person that holds an enormous advantage.

          • TimW –

            Do you know Forrest or work at the printer?

            If you see images go ahead and mention what you see. Then anyone can comment and say. Yep, that’s it no we know where the treasure is or nope that;s nothing.

            If you are referring the the discussion about that drawing from another chase site you should probably just say that to. Many of us frequent and comment on multiple sites and I don;t usually repeat myself here.

            So go ahead and say what you think is secreted and I can repeat what I said over there.

          • Tim… that illustration has been talked about before. Tarheel brought it up a few months ago again. If you look at the whole picture it can be seen that the bottom part is the mirror image of the top. Further…if you look back at page 99 it becomes even more clear that it is a mirror image. Sometimes this technique is used in illustrating as a filler. In this case it also is a clever *what if* had Fenn not made the jump into the tree. Hope this helps….

        • Zap, since you mentioned the riddle that I brought up the other day, which it is a good example on how we can look at a text for a long time and not see the hidden message if you will, if we are not ‘thinking’ the right thoughts. Are you saying that some of that exist within the poem, even if not exactly the same way?

          • Think about those 2D-3D Magic Eye autostereograms. When you focus correctly, out of seeming chaos comes order and it is magical the first time it ever happens. If someone where to describe it to you before you’d seen it for yourself there may be an element of disbelief. If anyone described it to you after you’d seen it for yourself you’d know exactly what they were talking about.

            Now think about Oz10’s cool riddle – “numb-er”. Now that we know we can see it we get it but we’re relatively indifferent about it because we were told the answer. If we had of solved it ourselves we’d have a whole different set of feelings about it.

            There are two main reasons information doesn’t get fully divulged here. One is because it would be a massive spoiler that would rob future participants of the magic of solving an amazing puzzle. Two because the first person to solve all the clues has the potential to claim a treasure worth millions.

            I retain the right to be completely wrong, but I found a word that was key. Actually that is not correct, I went looking for a word that was key and found it through a fairly logical process. Out of seeming chaos came order, now a lot more things from various sources are far more relatable.

            My chances of getting to the end stage are beyond minuscule, BOTG frequency combined with having to solve 8 more puzzles like the first one makes it impossible to imagine that I’ll be that lucky in my lifetime. But the thrill is in the Chase.

            If anyone wants a nugget of advice from me I’d tell them that easiest way to never get started would be to misinterpret information that’s been provided. Keep an open mind and grab all the bananas if someone is kind enough to offer them to you.

            All IMO

        • Zap,
          We are not trying to figure your riddles or word that is key.
          Your confirmation bias is yours alone.

          • Anyone that thinks they succeeded is a fool until the bracelet is returned. Buffoonery mouths run wild.

          • Lugnutz: if failure and success are restricted to having solved WWWH,
            canyon down, NFBTFTW and hoB, then I agree with your statement.

          • Depends on how you interpret success. The Chase ends when Bronze Beauty is successfully located. The bracelet is separate to achieving success in retrieving the chest ..

          • There’s only one way of knowing WWWH Zap.
            Do you have the chest?

            I think you’re fooling yourself.
            Don’t feel bad, your not the first or last.

          • Jake: why in the world would you spend a dime searching if you didn’t know WWWH? That’s just expensive folly.

          • You’re so sure Zap that you know WWWH, but you have nothing to show for it.

            Good vacation though….
            Braggarts of anything here are under foot in mouth.

  14. Could this be the “COLD” ?

    The following is from the Preface of Teepee Smoke from F’s site.

    Interviews at Taos Pueblo with Joseph Sunhawk, Elkfoot, Hunting Son, Bawling Deer, all of
    whom had posed for Sharp before 1910, gave me a cherished glance
    backward to a time that came alive in their stories – though their sad
    smiles reflected the reality that passing years are a great equalizer that
    condemns all stories to the cold storage of time.

    • Strikes me every time I see these old pictures and paintings. They were not happy, of course. Any signs of joy has been drained from their existence g.

      • When I was in elementary school I remembered learning that Native Americans didn’t like having their photos taken because they felt it stole their soul. Not sure if that is a true story but I often wonder if that is part of why they aren’t smiling.

  15. Thanks Dal and Mr. Fenn,
    We never know what’s around the next bend, but we can always count on the good ole days for a quick mend.

  16. That’s cool that Eric was with you to help to deliver the new blankets. It’s nice that you didn’t have to deliver them all alone. What a generous thing to do. I think you and Eric were very brave and bold to do what you did. Bonus that the women were pleased. History can be so rich sometimes.

    Back to the drawing board.

    Thanks Forrest.

    All IMO.


  17. …and that’s the story of how the first seasonal “Halloween Party City” store opened for business selling discount ghost costumes!

    • Blex ! This story shared by Fenn is interesting and quite intriguing. As a side note…it instantly reminded me of a Toga party I attended 35 years ago in the middle east. Stacks of nice new sheets for all !

      • lol, Ken! I remember attending a party in college where we told one, and only one, guy that the theme of the party was a toga-party. It was quite entertaining to see the one poor guy show up in a toga, but he took the gag in good humor!

  18. Forrest thanks for sharing that’s a great story! Makes me wonder if somehow “Three Sheets …” wasn’t involved with this caper? Hey where did the comment from Windy go anyway? Hope you are well Windy!

      • Is that an 85% of the time thing? lol
        Eric’s picture he drew of himself (laying under the table) tell a story, and I think Forrest might have helped get him there.

        • That’s pretty funny. Forrest Fenn likely saw a lot of behavior like that in the military as well. My uncle used to tell stories about getting drunk whenever the sailors were on leave, like the time when he won $1,500 playing poker and then spent it all buying drinks for everyone.

        • No, I didn’t know he had a wine cellar too. Collecting the fruit of the vine eh? Didn’t Forrest say that he didn’t particularly like wine?
          But the 85% rule may apply there too. 😉

  19. We saw gross – 12×12=144 in Snapshot “Don & Bubba” also. Probably nothing but I thought I’d mention it.

  20. Fun story Fenn. Reminds me of a funny story that took place in my neighborhood when I was in middle school. A nighbor, who was that guy that kept eeeeverything nice, sold his immaculate Caddy to his friend down the street. The transaction was not “arms length” (according to my appraiser dad – I learned something that day) because they were good buds. Two days after the deal, the buyer bud listed the Caddy for sale in the local paper for $2500 more than what his friend charged him…LOL for most of us…it kinda slowed down their friendship after that. Haha…anything for a buck I guess.

  21. HMMMM
    That winter, over the Christmas school break,
    I once again caught a bus to Taos, but instead
    of staying at the hotel in the plaza, I got
    to stay with my uncle and family for a week
    with a rancher North of town, a Mr.

  22. Zaphod –

    Presumably the time when you will share your insight with me is drawing nigh.

    To that end I wanted to put a couple of thoughts in your head. This is a separate post so that you don’t fell as defensive as in the conversation above.

    After hearing your thoughts on a wide variety of hints I may indeed see what you see the way that you see it. I may not. I hope that you will keep in open mind when I show you how else the hints we agree on might be applied.

    I was reading something today and I was struck by an amazing coincidence. So be open to hearing about that and instead of saying Yeah But, try to think on the new info even thought you have the first clue nailed down.


  23. Thank you Mr Fenn for sharing this wonderful story with us. It amazes me how brave these three rascals were to auction donated sheets, the very next day after you donated them for common use..
    On the other note, I really love the painting of Standing Deer by Joseph Sharp. I love the way Standing Deer wears the eagle feather, slanted downward to the right.
    Thank you again and looking forward to more of these stories.

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